Leaders in the making

Twelve months ago, Professor Tim Roberts, head of the Tom Farrell Institute at Newcastle University, hoped that he could see a Toastmasters club formed on campus. He had experienced the benefits of Toastmasters first hand and had also been part of setting up a club on the Singapore campus. In June this year, Tim’s dream became a reality and on October 30 officials from District 70 Toastmasters presented the newly established NUni Toastmasters Club with their club banner.

Sherelle Hendriks, a university student and member of another local Toastmasters Club, took the lead and working alongside experienced Toastmasters, Janelle Walker and Stephen Hallinan, saw NUni Toastmasters through from conception to a strong club with a membership of in excess of 30 participants made up of staff, students and members of the community.

Members are already benefiting from the communication and leadership skills they are developing in club meetings. Opportunity to practice impromptu speaking and prepared presentations in a safe and friendly environment along with helpful feedback from other club members is proving to be an effective means of developing communication skills and confidence in these leaders of the future.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 280,000 members in 13,500 clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. To see what Toastmasters can do for you visit a local club.

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